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Rates from:
495.00 GBP

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  • L'Etable used to be a cowshed....now a stylish child friendly gite
    L'Etable used to be a cowshed....now a stylish child friendly gite
  • The charentais fireplace (not used) with family crest dominates the sitting area
    The charentais fireplace (not used) with family crest dominates the sitting area
  • Large doors open to the south facing garden
    Large doors open to the south facing garden
  • The dining table omfortably seats 6 or more, plus the highchair
    The dining table omfortably seats 6 or more, plus the highchair
  • Kids corner....with ride on toys, books, games, dvds, drawing paper and crayons
    Kids corner....with ride on toys, books, games, dvds, drawing paper and crayons
  • Master bedroom - sleep well in the comfortable large double bed
    Master bedroom - sleep well in the comfortable large double bed
  • Twin beds with bedguards if needed. The shutters keep out the early morning sun - great if your little ones are early risers
    Twin beds with bedguards if needed. The shutters keep out the early morning sun - great if your little ones are early risers
  • Family shower room with baby bath too for our smallest guests
    Family shower room with baby bath too for our smallest guests
  • Shower room ....with toilet seat, step, potty and changing mat
    Shower room ....with toilet seat, step, potty and changing mat
  • The baby monitor to give peace of mind
    The baby monitor to give peace of mind
  • Top up your tan in the charente sunshine
    Top up your tan in the charente sunshine
  • The master bedroom
    The master bedroom
  • Cuddly toys....(washable)
    Cuddly toys....(washable)
  • More toys in the toy box
    More toys in the toy box
  • Proof that L'Etable was a cowshed - this original Alfa Lavel milking machine notice was found in the barn
    Proof that L'Etable was a cowshed - this original Alfa Lavel milking machine notice was found in the barn
  • Two stair gates - for top and bottom of the stairs if you wish.  The toddler bike is very popular
    Two stair gates - for top and bottom of the stairs if you wish. The toddler bike is very popular
  • Hollyhocks grow everywhere
    Hollyhocks grow everywhere
  • La Fermette - L'etable Image 18
    La Fermette - L'etable Image 18
  • La Fermette - L'etable Image 19
    La Fermette - L'etable Image 19
  • ...... entertain the children with cow mugs and cow egg cups !
    ...... entertain the children with cow mugs and cow egg cups !
  • The rabbit doorstop guarding the front door!
    The rabbit doorstop guarding the front door!
  • Ample space for a cot in the master bedroom - with mattress and washable soft toys
    Ample space for a cot in the master bedroom - with mattress and washable soft toys
  • Milk churns at the entrance
    Milk churns at the entrance
  • Chilling out in the garden.......
    Chilling out in the garden.......
  • The hand carved name plate
    The hand carved name plate

La Fermette - L'etable

Poitou Charentes, France

Per week

from 495.00 to 675.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Lesley Houareau

Member since May 2016
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:3 minutes
  • Availability Updated:7 days 13 hours

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BFB's Overview

For an authentic slice of French country life, La Fermette is a traditional Charantais farmhouse that has been lovingly renovated into a spacious family gite, in the Cognac countryside of South West France, just 30 minutes from the coast. Whilst putting the finishing touches to La Fermette, the owners also converted a stable and a stone barn into two smaller gites, L’Etable and L’Ecurie, and added a games barn to make this farmhouse cluster a relaxing retreat for extended families and friends.

Children have plenty of space to play outdoors in the orchard field, with boules, bats and balls, hula hoops along with table tennis, table football, a pool table and various sizes of bikes. What could be better for a picnic than peaches, cherries, figs and walnuts plucked straight from the trees in season and parents can chill out on sun loungers and gaze on the sunsets while sampling the local ‘Pineau’, wines and Cognac. Besides the orchard, each of the gites has its own garden area with an outdoor dining table and barbecue for sizzling up suppers.

The owners have renovated the gites in keeping with their traditional, rustic charm and making a feature of the pale stone walls, oak beams, wood floors, Charentais stone fireplaces and shuttered windows. There’ve also made sure the gites are comfy, cosy and well equipped for families, from children’s games and DVD’s, English TV channels and Wi Fi to practical kitchen essentials, spacious bedrooms and helpful baby gear. They’ve even thought to provide 4-socket UK plug boards to keep all those godsend family gadgets all charged up!

Accommodation overview

L'Etable was originally a stone cowshed which the owners have beautifully converted into a 2-bedroom gite with loads of character that’s especially well equipped for a family of 4 with a baby or toddlers. The ground floor has an open plan layout so parents can always keep an eye on little ones and this is dominated by an impressive Charentais fireplace, although this isn’t used for a real fire nowadays. The living area has a leather settee and pouffe, a wooden armchair and toddler sized seats to watch the TV with English channels, or DVD’s, and there is plenty of space to spread out the board games or books and pull out toys from the box, including a baby ride-on and toddler bike. The dining area has a table that seats 8, (plus a high chair and booster seat are available), which is handy if L’Etable is booked with the adjoining studio, L’Ecurie. The kitchen is well equipped for family self -catering, including a gas hob, electric oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge-freezer, washing machine, plastic crockery, cutlery and a bottle steriliser. The master bedroom, with a large double bed, overlooks the garden and the second bedroom has twin beds with bed guards if required. Both have space for a travel cot, which is available. The bathroom has a walk-in shower, washbasin and WC, plus a baby bath, toddler seat and toilet step can be provided. L’Etable has a gravelled garden area with a table and chairs, sun loungers and a charcoal barbecue.

Location Information

La Fermette farmhouse and gites are set in a quiet farming hamlet, surrounded by fields of wheat, maize, sunflowers and vines in the Charente Maritime region of South West France. A fabulous choice of dune backed beaches, vast sandy bays and seaside towns are also as little as 30 minutes drive, including Meshers sur Gironde which has kids club activities throughout the summer.

The village of St Genis de Saintonge is just 2 minutes drive or a pleasant bike ride (2.5kms), which has the all-important boulangerie for daily baguettes and pastries, as well as a butchers, mini-market, bank and restaurants.

The medieval town of Pons is only 8kms away, with pavement cafes around a pretty square and a magnificent ‘Chateau des Enigmes’ – a castle of riddles - where families can have heaps of fun following a treasure hunt trail of adventure games and puzzles. For another great day out, the historic spa town of Jonzac (20 mins) boasts one of the largest indoor aquatic centres in Europe, Les Antilles de Jonzac, with tropical lagoon pools and a sandy beach, wave pools, waterfalls, and waterslides, plus Turkish baths, saunas, steam rooms and a spa beauty salon for grown-ups. For outdoor fun, a purpose built recreation park is also close to Les Antilles, featuring a swimming lake with a sandy beach, playgrounds and all kinds of activities throughout the summer.

The brandy capital of Cognac is just over half an hour’s drive, with a pretty riverside, pedestrianised old town and, of course tours and tastings at all the most famous distilleries. The region is also renowned for its Pineau fortified wine and there are numerous vineyards to stock up on the local ‘Blaye’ wines and finest Bordeaux. The historic port of La Rochelle is an hour’s drive, with bustling cobbled streets, pavement cafes and interesting shops within the ancient city walls as well as the top family attraction of an eye-popping, state of the art aquarium.

Nearest medical services: is in St Genis (2.5km) plus doctors, dentist and pharmacy. Out of hours medical care is in Jonzac Hospital.

Getting here: Bordeaux and La Rochelle airports are both approximately 1 hours drive, with flights from airports across the UK. The nearest cross channel ferry ports are Le Havre, Caen and Roscoff, approximately 6 hrs drive.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 20%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 20%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Rates

26 Aug - 22 Sep 2017 : £499 /week29 Mar - 6 Apr 2018 : £525 /week7 Apr - 29 Jun 2018 : £495 /week30 Jun - 31 Aug 2018 : £675 /week1 Sep - 26 Oct 2018 : £495 /week26 Aug - 22 Sep 2017 : €564.8181 /week29 Mar - 6 Apr 2018 : €594.2475 /week7 Apr - 29 Jun 2018 : €560.2905 /week30 Jun - 31 Aug 2018 : €764.0325 /week1 Sep - 26 Oct 2018 : €560.2905 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 20%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

Sleeps 4 + 1 infant in 1 x double bedroom and 1 x twin room.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Bordeaux and La Rochelle are both 1 hour drive way.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Sandy beach 30 minutes drive away at Mescher sur Gironde. Child friendly with kids club in high season.

Nursery Gear (additional)

This baby friendly gite has on request a travel cot with linen, high chair, baby bath, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, toilet seat, toilet step, stairgates (x2), bedguard, socket covers, kitchen cupboard locks, plastic cutlery, plastic crockery and sippy cup.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Baby friendly toys, book, DVD’s, games, jigsaw puzzles, crayons, and washable soft toys.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Shopping service can be arranged for 10 euros plus the cost of the shopping.

Outdoor Toys

Bats & balls, hoola hoops, garden quoits, badminton rackets, boules, buckets and spades, ride on toy, toddler bike, selection of children’s bikes, and baby beach tent cover.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates can be provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Partially enclosed garden bordered by a shrub hedge. Garden has a charcoal BBQ.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided.

Golf

Royan and Cognac are 35 – 40 mins drive away.


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